Global Youth Forum – Cooperative Entrepreneurship 2019

General Privacy Policy

We take the protection of your personal data seriously, and use our best efforts to ensure that we process it in accordance with the principles and requirements set out in the General Data Protection Regulation (EU) 2016/679 (GDPR).

This Global Youth Forum policy explains what personal data we collect from you, how we process it, and what rights you have. It covers personal data of individuals working for our member organisations and other individuals with whom we engage in the course of the organization of the Global Youth Forum – Cooperative Entrepreneurship 2019.

The Global Youth Forum is a global event organized by the International Co-operative Alliance. International Co-operative Alliance is a non-governmental organization operating under the Belgian Law and is the data controller of personal data described in this privacy policy. 

You may contact International Co-operative Alliance, and therefore the Global Youth Forum team,  through:

Our address:
International Co-operative Alliance
105 Avenue Milcamps
Brussels, 1000


Registration Process

For the Global Youth Forum, participants will have to fulfil a registration page. Therefore we will collect information about you including name, position, organization name, work address, email, and phone number, data related to the activities, including how you interact with us via correspondence or by attending our meetings, and any other data that you provide voluntarily. We store these data in our database.

For the event, we may occasionally collect additional information, such as photo, bio, or relevant ID card or passport details for security purposes. During the Forum we will record images, which we may post on our website, on our social media page, in our internal publications, press releases, invitations to events, campaigns and marketing and other relevant content. We may use your data to analyse our performance (for example popularity of content in our newsletter). We may contact you to ensure that your details are kept up to date. You will receive specific content (internal communication) related to the services we offer through membership. We keep a record of your participation in our events as an attendee or a speaker. When registering for our events, you may be given a choice to opt-in to receive more information about the events we organize.

Service providers

We may also obtain your personal data, including your name, contact details, your position, and your organisations name when your organization provides goods and services to us, such as IT services, event management, catering, travel services, and similar.  We process the  personal data based on legitimate interest for the purpose of performing the contract, enquiring about goods and services, procuring new contracts, keeping in touch to pursue rights and obligations and generally to manage our business relationship.


If you communicate with us by email, postal mail, or other form of communication, we may retain such correspondence and the information contained in, including your name, contact details, as well as the content of the communication. We process your personal data based on legitimate interest for the purpose of responding to you, keeping in touch, or keeping a record of our correspondence.


We use cookies on our website which help us improve it.

A cookie is a small text file that is downloaded onto your device when you access a website. It allows the website to track certain statistical information such as number of visits and clicks on the website and record user’s preferences when browsing. We use cookies to track the performance of our website and use the statistics to enhance the services provided through the website. This data is collected anonymously through Google Analytics. Our website features third party material such as social media plug-ins and videos. The cookies set by their operators are not in our control. Please refer to the privacy policies of the social media third parties.

Find out more about cookies on where you will find information about blocking and deleting the cookies. 


We do not sell or otherwise disclose your personal data to third parties. Your data is private.

We may share your personal data with the following recipients with third party service providers whom we engage to provide services. This may include data sharing services (such as WeTransfer) to transmit large files, email service providers to inform you about our events (such as Mail Chimp and Survey Monkey which are based in the U.S. and are certified under the EU-US Privacy Shield), image and video sharing services (such as Flickr, and YouTube), and other such similar service providers that we engage to provide technical support for carrying out our activities.

Global Youth Forum website includes links to third-party websites, including the websites of our members. These websites are not managed by the Global Youth Forum or International Co-operative Alliance team. Any personal data you provide on such third-party websites is subject to their privacy policies. We are not responsible for the practices and policies of such third-party websites. Please read their respective privacy policies for more information.


The data we store is not published, sold, or shared with anyone outside International Co-operative Alliance’s structures and partners. Information provided through cookies about your browsing session of our website is anonymized, meaning that we cannot identify your person directly and instead work with numbers and statistics for a general overview.

We have taken reasonable precautions to ensure security of your data, the security of our servers, and knowledge of data handling by our staff. Our contacts are password protected, stored on a secure server that is accessible only to the staff and IT providers of the Global Youth Forum.


You have the right to amend your data, request information we hold about you, transfer your data, request deletion, and the right to be forgotten. If your data is processed under legitimate interest, you may still request to remove your data, however in some cases we may refuse your request on legal basis.  All requests will be dealt with in a timely manner. You may also submit a complaint or the data protection agency. Please note that you may not be able to benefit from all our services if you request the deletion of your personal data, object to, or withdraw your consent, to the processing of your personal data.


We keep your personal data for as long as it is necessary to provide communication services related to the Global Youth Forum, to pursue our mission, to maintain the relationship with you, or to perform a contract.

As a general rule, we keep the record of your participation in our meetings and events for two years, unless we need to keep it longer, including for archiving purposes, for the purpose of complying with competition law, or for other relevant purposes. 


We will aim to review our privacy policy from time to time and will update this page when necessary.